The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is Working for You

As I look back at 2017, I am delighted to see that the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has been tirelessly working for you, your business and, our community. Early in the year, the Tri-Cities Chamber moved to a new, larger office in central Coquitlam to accommodate the organizational growth. We welcomed 215 new members and hosted over 80 events throughout the year to engage our membership. All the while, the Chamber provided strong advocacy for our members, particularly for the proposed business tax changes. These are just a few of the things that have taken place this past year.

As your incoming Chair for 2018, I am very proud to be involved with such a dynamic and thriving organization and look forward to building upon the successes of 2017. In 2018, we will continue to see our membership grow and it is my goal to reach over 1000 members before my term is up. Throughout the year, our mandate to facilitate and drive growth and seek opportunity will be evident. I have a strong commitment to our vision – to shape the future of business and our community and look forward to utilizing the strategic plan established last year to ensure the Chamber’s success.

We will concentrate on our three strategic objectives for 2018: to maximize value, to strengthen and clarify our brand, and to promote the Tri-Cities as the best place to live,
work and play. Continuously seeking new ways to provide greater value to our membership, you will see an expansion of programs offered, such as the Tri-Cities Young Professionals and Women in Business. Strong advocacy work will be a key pillar of how we’ll provide additional value. Our policy committee is highly engaged and committed to being proactive on challenges that the business community faces and seeks opportunities to provide solutions for growth.

We will continue to provide new and exciting opportunities for our members to connect with like-minded businesses and build meaningful connections. With more than 80 events, from education to networking to celebrating business excellence, there is something for everyone. Our variety of events makes us the connector of choice for our membership.

I would like to thank our 2017 Chair, Carlo Zarrillo. He was instrumental in bringing our strategic plan to life, leading us to new heights this year. I’d also like to recognize CEO, Michael Hind and the team for their dedication to moving the Chamber forward this year. I am also extremely grateful to work alongside so many amazing individuals on our Board who continuously give their time and energy to ensure we meet our common goals.

Happy New Year – wishing you all a fantastic 2018. It’s going to be a great year!

Catherine Ackerman